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If it weren't for the Sherlock Holmes rec, you could barely get away from Clint Barton in this recs set. But...why would you want to? *g*




AVENGERS

AdamantSteve: "This Is Not My Beautiful House" (Avengers. Phil/Clint, Team. "Clint wakes up after a mission he can't remember with the boyfriend he never thought he'd have." A story about what seems to be missing memories that isn't about amnesia or memory wiping. Creative, original, and a good look at what it means to be an individual.)

ashen_key: "Romanoff" (Avengers. Natasha, Clint, Phil, Bruce. " “Not Romanova?” Coulson asks. / (They've been calling her 'Natalia Romanova' for years.) / “No,” she says." A very interesting gen piece about names and identity.)

boombangbing: "Under My Skin" (Avengers. Steve/Darcy, Everybody. "Steve is a broke tattoo artist with bankruptcy in his imminent future, and a bunch of friends like the cast of RENT. Darcy wants to 1) get a tattoo, and 2) tap that." An engaging and fun AU, with a sweet relationship between Darcy and Steve.)

everythingispoetry: "Much of you is repetition" (Avengers. Clint & Tony. "Adjusting is healing is forgetting, or so Clint thinks. Tony teaches him he is wrong and kind of saves his life in the meantime." Clint dealing with the fallout of Loki's mind control after the movie, and...let me start with a warning: for self injury and suicidal ideation. I have no personal experience with self injury, and as far as I know, if I have friends who use that as a coping mechanism - and I might, of course - they don't share it with me. But from an outsider's perspective, Clint's reactions and needs and motivations feel right...feel honest. The odd parallels of Clint's situation with Tony's - the way Tony understands - is great. Given my own headcanon for the strength of Clint and Natasha's relationship (regardless of whether or not it might be romantic/sexual, because that's irrelevant here), I sometimes feel an odd sense of unease with stories that give somebody other than Natasha (or Phil, when he's around) the right to "get Clint" best, like it's a weird sort of betrayal, but in this story, Tony's kinship with Clint takes nothing away from the relationship Natasha and Clint share.)

hannasus: "Two Truths and a Lie" (Avengers. Clint/Natasha. "Clint and Natasha remember Budapest very differently." Pre-canon, mission-based, and completely believable characterizations, with really smart insights into both Clint and Natasha's psyches.)

Janissa11: "Trigger" (Avengers. Phil/Clint. ""Like ripping off a bandage," Phil says, and hopes Clint hears humor and warmth and not criticism. He's never been entirely sure what Clint hears. He's got peculiar filters." After four months, Phil is conscious again, recovered, and extremely angry that the team has been lied to about his fate. He's particularly upset that Clint wasn't told he was alive. I'm putting one spoiler under highlighting, because I think the story works best when you discover this particular plot point as you read, but feel free to take a look if you want to: Clint is a hoarder...very realistically - and painfully - rendered here. Note: my acceptance of this as a potentially believable version of Clint isn't universally shared, in which case...read this as original fic?) )

Laura Kaye: "Clause 19" (Avengers/Hawkeye (comic). Kate Bishop, Clint, Natasha, Clint/Phil, etc. "It took a special kind of crazy to break into a superhero's apartment and make yourself a pot of his coffee, and a special kind of skill to avoid the various booby traps that said superhero had installed in his apartment after consultation with a technical genius and a super-spy. Kate kind of wished that she'd called Natasha after all." A really good fusion of the movie world with the comics world, and Kate Bishop has an excellent outsider pov.)

Mikey (mikes_grrl): "Rescued" (Avengers. Phil/Clint, Team, various pets. "Clint has a cat, and then he has Phil's corgis. Nothing seems to go right, until it does. " A Coulson 'fix-it' set after the movie, and...okay, nobody's turned into a corgi, but there are corgis aplenty in this sweet, kind of 'guilty pleasure' fic. )

regimes_fall: "The Loneliest of the Lone Wolves" (Avengers. Clint/Natasha. "A brief standalone between Natasha and Clint outside of Stark Tower just after Loki's capture. Both of them could probably use a hug, though they settle matters in a very Clint/Natasha way instead." Perfect reactions from Natasha and Clint in the wake of the battle with the Chitauri - slightly stoic and not terribly emotional - but very intimate, despite all that. Nicely done!)

sabinelagrande: "Black Market Baby" (Avengers. AU. Tony/Pepper. "Tony's money buys him way more than he bargained for." The first part of what is now a series by the same name, this is a story in which Tony and Pepper meet because Pepper is a sex worker, which...shouldn't work? But it absolutely does.)

sabinelagrande: "Love by Gaslight " (Avengers. Phil/Clint. "Clint can't seem to keep anything straight in his mind." The warning I will give is that this story contains what is in effect spoilers for the new run of Secret Avengers - and also that it's pretty creepy. For the rest, see the author notes at the end of the story. From one perspective, this is a happily ever after story. But that's just one perspective. )

Selenay: "Safe House Love" (Avengers. Clint/Phil. " "Don't you ever want more? How long have we been doing this - three years?" / Three years, four months and five days, not that Clint was counting." Occasional sex isn't the problem; it's admitting how much more they want than that which is too frightening to attempt. Yeah, I got a bit teary-eyed.)

Sinope: "Twentieth Time's the Charm" (Avengers. Clint/Tony, Tony/Bruce, Clint/Phil. " Clint and Tony get laid, have fun, and eventually fall in love, but not necessarily with each other. / Or, the one where everyone assumes that Clint and Tony are dating just because they're fucking, and Clint doesn't understand why." Pity sex and companionate sex and...just a lot of sex, which may or may not "count" - whatever that means - but a lot of love too, of one sort or another.)

Hawkeye

Laura Kaye: "Clause 19" (Avengers/Hawkeye (comic). Kate Bishop, Clint, Natasha, Clint/Phil, etc. "It took a special kind of crazy to break into a superhero's apartment and make yourself a pot of his coffee, and a special kind of skill to avoid the various booby traps that said superhero had installed in his apartment after consultation with a technical genius and a super-spy. Kate kind of wished that she'd called Natasha after all." A really good fusion of the movie world with the comics world, and Kate Bishop has an excellent outsider pov.)

SHERLOCK HOLMES

KazVL: "Joining the Dots" (Sherlock BBC. Mycroft/Lestrade. "In which Lestrade, Mycroft and Sherlock make various discoveries and Lestrade receives an unwelcome reminder of a former acquaintance." The latest story in the 'Fire and Ice' series [see the main Sherlock Holmes page for the general series rec], which is just about to catch up with BBC canon. Still excellent!




As I've noted before, I will clearly never catch up with old stories. If you have a favorite story (your own or somebody else's) that you think I might have missed and it's in a fandom that I've recced before (see my main recs page, which includes links to all the individual major fandoms and a miscellaneous fandoms page), feel free to leave a link below. Most loved at the moment are stories from one of the following fandoms: Avengers, Doctor Who, Due South, Harry Potter, Hawkeye, James Bond, Lewis, Sherlock Holmes in all varieties, or White Collar, but everything is welcome.

Special Note to Authors: If you're writing in a fandom set in the NYC area (Avengers, White Collar, etc), and you're looking for a beta for location-related issues in particular, feel free to email me at the gmail address on the profile page.

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Date: 2013-03-07 04:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laurakaye
You know, when I read the first issue of the new run of Secret Avengers, the first thing I thought was, "I bet people will write some EXCELLENT fanfic set in this universe." *g*

And thanks for the rec! :)

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